80% of religious persecution is against Christians (Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review, 2019).
Around the world, more than 360 million Christians are persecuted. Open Doors annually publishes a list of the 50 countries where our brothers and sisters in Christ face the most extreme persecution. The top five for 2023 were: North Korea, Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea and Libya (World Watch List, Open Doors, 2023).
Open Doors is the largest of several UK agencies working amongst persecuted Christians in 60 countries by:
The top five countries for persecuting Christians
You have warned us through your Son Jesus Christ that those who follow Him may be oppressed and abused because of their faith.
We ask that you comfort and give courage to all your children who fall victims to unjust imprisonment, physical harm and intimidation at the hands of their oppressor.
For those who have given their lives in the fight for freedom to openly share and live out their faith, may they be welcomed into your warm embrace.
For those who persecute our brothers and sisters, may their spirits be touched by the incredible faith of those who they attack. And may they turn away from sin and open their hearts to your love.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.